Fluke Networks’ AirMapper App for Android Provides First Heat Map of Actual Wi-Fi Network Throughput on a Smart Device; Ensures Networks are BYOD Ready
AirMapper™ App sees beyond speed and signal strength to map true smart device performance and elevate enterprise network BYOD performance
EVERETT, Wash. – August 29, 2012 – Fluke Networks today announced the AirMapper™ App, the first application for Android™ that provides a visual heat map of actual Wi-Fi throughput performance on smartphone and tablet devices. While existing solutions can map speed and signal strength or perform throughput spot checks, the AirMapper App is the first to provide a visual throughput map, which is key to optimizing Wi-Fi networks by taking the actual user experience of mobile devices into account.
“Full bars do not mean a mobile device is working properly on the network, and given the explosive growth of BYOD, our customers have been clamoring for solutions that help ensure smart devices are working properly on enterprise Wi-Fi networks,” said Chia-Chee Kuan, vice president of the Fluke Networks WLAN business unit. “Making it possible to see and optimize the actual throughput performance of Wi-Fi networks for smart devices is absolutely this product’s sweet spot for our customers.”
Wil Ankerstjerne, director of wireless networking at Computer Design & Integration, LLC, agrees. “As more of our customers rely on both personal and business-issued ‘compact wireless devices,’ there’s increased pressure to deliver the same throughput and performance they experience on other network devices,” Ankerstjerne said. “The AirMapper App provides a cost effective, professional-grade, simply-to-use tool I can deploy to my entire team who can then map signal strength and throughput – without having to use a ‘specialized resource.’ Adding AirMapper to our wireless tool box assures every client visit enhances CDI’s wireless value proposition.”
Despite the growth of BYOD, a recent Fluke Networks market research study shows many organizations are not yet ready to address performance challenges with mobile devices in the workplace. Nearly 82 percent of organizations allow employees to use personal mobile devices on the wireless LAN (WLAN).1 However, 51 percent are concerned with how BYOD will affect bandwidth consumption.2 Yet, less than half of these organizations are planning to redesign their wireless networks to meet the new performance expectation associated with mobile devices,3 despite 42 percent of end users being concerned with slow connections.4 AirMapper helps organizations bridge this performance gap and design wireless networks that meet business and user expectations. (For more BYOD data, see Fluke Networks’ latest infographic.)
In addition to providing a heat map of actual throughput of smart devices, the AirMapper App also provides details of the Wi-Fi network, including access point (AP) channel, signal and security properties, helping ensure the delivery of critical business applications. Users also have the ability to locate any AP on a floor map, and add text, photo, audio or video annotations during the site survey. In addition, the AirMapper App allows the export of the site survey projects to AirMagnet Survey PRO via email, Dropbox, Evernote®, Bluetooth and more, for streamlined information sharing and advanced analysis and reporting.
AirMapper Professional is available now from the Fluke Networks e-store. Users can also download a freeware version at the Fluke Networks website. For more information about these products, please visit Fluke Networks.
1. According to Fluke Networks market research.
2. According to Fluke Networks market research.
3. According to Fluke Networks market research.
4. According to Fluke Networks market research.
About Fluke Networks
Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network test and monitoring solutions to speed the deployment and improve the performance of networks and applications. Leading enterprises and service providers trust Fluke Networks’ products and expertise to help solve today’s toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, mobility, unified communications and data centers. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.FlukeNetworks.com or call +971-(0)4-3670254.